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TCA Launches Inaugural Texas Sports Chiropractic Conference This Fall at TCC
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 09:38 AM

Sports have always been huge in Texas and doctors of chiropractic have become more involved in the training and care of athletes at all levels – high school, collegiate, professional and amateur.

As a result, TCA, in conjunction with Southeast Sports Seminars, is launching the 2017 Texas Sports Chiropractic Conference on September 29-October 1 at Texas Chiropractic College in Pasadena.

Earn all 16 CE hours toward your Texas license and increase your knowledge of sports chiropractic.

Spring 2017 Issue
Written by Editor   
Friday, June 16, 2017 05:52 PM

Click the magazine cover to go to the digital Journal.

85th Legislative Session TCA Recap
Thursday, June 15, 2017 04:15 PM

Texas’ 85th Legislative Session came to an end on May 29. While 6,631 bills were filed this session (more than in 10 of the past 11 sessions), only 1,211 bills passed (the fewest in 20 years) – statistically making this legislative session one of the most difficult bill-passing environments in two decades.

While it was a difficult session for many, the Texas Chiropractic Association experienced its most successful legislative session in recent memory. TCA actively pursued six pieces of legislation (discussed below), three of which were passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Greg Abbott.

In addition to passing these three pieces of legislation, TCA prevented consolidation of the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) into the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation and defeated a proposal to eliminate chiropractic acupuncture. TCA also worked with Sen. Judith Zaffirini, Sen. Bryan Hughes and Rep. J.D. Sheffield to amend SB 55 (authorizing a study on establishing a patient-reported outcomes registry for musculoskeletal care provided in the ERS and TRS systems) to include chiropractic colleges. This outcomes registry could prove the efficacy of chiropractic care.

New Leadership Takes TCA Reins
Thursday, June 15, 2017 03:26 PM

Chiro Texpo ’17 wasn’t just a celebration of the past year in Texas chiropractic, but it also represented a change in leadership. 

At the Awards Gala & Celebration, TCA installed its three executive officers. Max Vige, DC, of League City is the new TCA president, succeeding Tyce Hergert, DC, of Grapevine. Devin Pettiet, DC, of Tomball was appointed as vice president, while Chad Carpenter, DC, of Boerne was named secretary/treasurer.

TCA Recognizes Sen. Van Taylor as Legislator of the Year
Thursday, June 15, 2017 02:00 PM

TCA’s successes in the 85th Texas Legislative Session were the byproduct of hard work by TCA’s legislative team and an army of doctors from Texas and across the country. But it takes friends to get important legislation passed and TCA’s best friend during the last session was often Sen. Van Taylor of Plano.

Sen. Taylor, who represents District 8, was a catalyst for the passage of SB 304, the Sunset bill that extended the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE) until 2029 and affirmed the right of doctors of chiropractic to diagnose. SB 304 was eventually signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott. Sen. Taylor also helped push several of TCA’s other bills through the Senate and House.

TCA recognized Sen. Taylor for his efforts by honoring him as Legislator of Year at Chiro Texpo ’17. Sen. Taylor received his award during the General Assembly and Legislative/Legal Update on the conference’s opening day.

Chiro College Cup … It’s Parker’s Time to Shine!
Thursday, June 15, 2017 12:46 PM

In a few short years, the Chiro Cup has become one of the most popular activities at Chiro Texpo and that was especially true of Chiro Texpo ’17. Six-member teams from Parker University and Texas Chiropractic College competed in front of a boisterous crowd of alumni, students, faculty, administrators and other conference attendees.  

The third annual Cup wasn’t as close as the first two, both of which were decided on the final question. This time, Parker built an early lead, but TCC still had a chance to win late in the game. The questions were tougher this year. In the end, Parker prevailed, but TCC competed hard is eager to recapture the Cup in 2018.

President’s Message: Celebrate and Follow-through
Thursday, June 15, 2017 07:13 AM

Chiro Texpo ’17 is in the rear view mirror and, if you couldn’t make the trip to Dallas last weekend, you missed one of the finest TCA conventions in years. Attendees were greeted at the registration desk at the Hyatt Regency Dallas with staff sporting lab coats, spine-themed welcome signs and the official Chiro Texpo ’17 logo glittering in the Hyatt’s fountain. They were nice touches on what turned out to be a first-class event.

There was enthusiasm in the air – and for good reason. So far, 2017 has been a memorable year for Texas chiropractors, thanks to YOUR state association. Doctors are still celebrating the many successes of the 85th Texas Legislative Session. Three of our bills –not one, not two, BUT three! – were signed into law by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, upholding your right to diagnose, form business entities with medical doctors and podiatrists and remove student-athletes from play in University Interscholastic League sports activities on suspicion of concussion. It proved what the chiropractic community can achieve when we are united and focused.

SMT Has an Immediate Effect on Thermal Pain Sensitivity in People With Low Back Pain
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 11:28 AM

Current evidence suggests that spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) is effective in the treatment of people with low back pain (LBP). The primary purpose of this study was to assess the immediate effects of SMT on thermal pain perception in people with LBP. A secondary purpose was to determine whether the resulting hypoalgesia was a local effect and whether psychological influences were associated with changes in pain perception.

Sham Knee Surgery as Good as Knee Surgery?
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 11:20 AM

After 2 years of follow-up, arthroscopic partial meniscectomy (APM) was no better than sham surgery for patients with degenerative medial meniscal tears and no evidence of knee osteoarthritis, reported Finnish researchers in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

Wisconsin Department of Health to Study Effectiveness of Chiropractic Care
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 11:13 AM

The Wisconsin Chiropractic Association announced that a committee of the Wisconsin Legislature approved a provision that would require the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to study best practices in state Medicaid programs using chiropractic and other physical medicine treatments to reduce OTC and prescription medication use.  By working closely with pro chiropractic legislators on the budget committee, the WCA was able to get the provision included in the health package portion of the state budget.

For the First Time, Fewer than Half of Physicians are Independent
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 11:06 AM

With the ever growing corporatiztion of this era, fewer than half of practicing physicians in the U.S. owned their medical practice in 2016.  According to a new study this marks the first time that the majority of physicians are not practice owners.

Only 47.1% of physicians in 2016 had ownership stakes in a medical practice. That’s down from 53.2% in 2012, and research shows that doctors, especially young doctors, have been shifting from owning their own practice to joining corporate practices.

New Poll: Rx Painkillers Most Common Treatment for Patients Seeking Care for Back Pain
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 10:56 AM

NPR (National Public Radio) and Truven Health Analytics, the most prominent and credible source of healthcare data and analytics, recently published a new poll.

The poll’s key findings include:

  • Back pain plagues americans: fifty-one percent of Americans said they have suffered from back pain in the last 12 months, and 46 percent of those who experienced pain said they are still in discomfort.

Chiropractic Wins Big in Texas Legislative Session
Written by William Morgan, DC   
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 09:59 AM

It’s no secret that some in the medical profession have long sought to curtail chiropractic’s ever-increasing prominence and recognition as an important branch of healthcare.

While great strides have been made in recent years, due to many in the medical profession recognizing the value of chiropractic integration and collaboration with mainstream healthcare, in the state of Texas those representing the state medical association have virtually sought to eliminate the profession, viewing chiropractic as unwelcome competition for healthcare dollars.

Indeed, this year has seen the most aggressive assault on the chiropractic profession in the history of Texas, with a flurry of proposals put forward that could have gutted much of the autonomy, scope of practice, and rights of chiropractors across the state.

TBCE Reports on State Legislation
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 09:44 AM

Dear Licensees and Registered Facility Owners: Recently passed Sunset Legislation, SB 304, extends the Texas Board of Chiropractor Examiners for 12 more years and amends certain laws in the Chiropractic Act. Please read the following 3 important messages regarding these changes, effective on or after Sept 1, 2017. A copy of SB 304 analysis can be found here: SB 304 Bill Analysis.


Chiro Texpo '17 Observations
Written by Editor   
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 08:12 AM

Chiro Texpo ’17 was an awesome experience!  The TCA put on a first-class event in downtown Dallas and the setting at the Hyatt Regency Dallas made the event a memorable experience. It was the perfect setting to cap an excellent year for the TCA.

TCA President Tyce Hergert, DC, stated that, since the Chiro Texpo ’16, a lot has changed for both TCA and the chiropractic profession in Texas. Dr. Hergert noted that this was not accidental and that it took an army of doctors of chiropractic (DCs) from Texas and states around the country, indeed around the world, to accomplish.  Victories such as: passage of the TBCE Sunset bill continuing our profession for another 12 years AND including the word diagnose as a specified part of our act; passage of a bill allowing DCs, MDs, DOs and others to participate in business partnerships; passage of a bill to allow for DCs to withhold concussed student athletes without having to send them to a different practitioner and numerous other victories now offered, as Dr. Hergert put it, time for “a victory lap, a moment for Texas chiropractors to celebrate what we’ve accomplished.”  Celebrate we did!

Texas Chiropractic Association Recognizes Awards Winners at Annual Gala
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 05:41 PM

The Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA) recognized some of the state’s top doctors of chiropractic at its annual awards gala and celebration at TCA’s Chiro Texpo ‘17 conference held June 9-11 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. 

Larry Montgomery, DC, of Belton received the Keeler Plaque, the most prestigious award given by TCA. The Keeler Plaque honors the chiropractor of the year in Texas and the winner is selected by a panel of past Keeler winners. Dr. Montgomery is a 1981 graduate of Texas Chiropractic College and owns Montgomery Chiropractic in Belton. 

F4CP Announces "A Guide to Local Marketing Success"
Written by Editor   
Thursday, June 01, 2017 09:42 AM

The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) embraces one mission: positive press for chiropractic care. As an F4CP member the TCA passes these resources along to our members.

F4CP's ongoing awareness campaign achieves billions of positive impressions year after year. F4CP announces the launch of “A Guide to Local Marketing Success” to F4CP doctor members. This guidebook delivers our doctor members the tools and techniques needed to utilize the F4CP material and achieve positive press in the local area.

Free Webinar: 4 Ways to Rank Higher on Google
Thursday, June 01, 2017 12:00 AM

Don’t miss a free webinar from TCA Friend of Chiropractic Sponsor Online ChiroPersonalize and Rise: 4 Ways To Rank Higher On Google, at 1 p.m. CST Thurs., June 15. 

With nearly a billion websites on the internet today, the competition for top rankings on Google is fierce. Having a website that is personal to you and your practice is essential as more and more people turn to the Internet to find chiropractic practitioners in their area.

Register for this short webinar to learn the strategies that will help your practice get the most out of its website and bring more new patients to the door. 

Register now!

Foot Levelers Extremities Seminar Benefiting the Fight for Chiropractic in Texas
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 09:34 AM

Support the ongoing battle for chiropractic in Texas and earn valuable continuing education hours at an upcoming seminar sponsored by TCA Gold Sponsor Foot Levelers.

Don’t miss the Foot Levelers Extremities Seminar Benefiting the Fight for Chiropractic in Texas coming up Sept. 16-17 in San Antonio. All money raised at the seminar will go TCA’s Chiropractic Development Initiative (CDI), which funds TCA’s advocacy, legal and public relations initiatives on behalf of the chiropractic profession in Texas.

TAKE NOTE: New Medicare ABN Form Required
Written by Editor   
Sunday, April 16, 2017 12:29 PM

Take note that the government has issued new ABN forms.  Nothing has really changed on the form but the expiration date, but you must use the new form effective June 21, 2017.